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Anxiety and TMJ from the perspective of TCM/Traditional Chinese Medicine

  Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is a condition that affects the jaw joint and muscles controlling jaw movement. It often manifests as jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and a clicking or locking of the jaw. Anxiety is a significant factor that can exacerbate TMJ symptoms, and in many cases, anxiety itself can be a direct cause of TMJ. From the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the connection between anxiety and TMJ is profound, and understanding this link can be crucial for effective treatment. Anxiety and TMJ: The Connection Anxiety can significantly contribute to the development and worsening of TMJ. Chronic stress and anxiety often lead to muscle tension, particularly in the jaw, neck, and shoulders. This tension can result in habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, both of which are major contributors to TMJ disorders. Additionally, anxiety can heighten the perception of pain, making TMJ symptoms more pronounced. TMJ as an Antidepressant Side Effect  

Acupuncture Microneedling is Good. Why?






Microneedling also known as a collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that involves creating tiny punctures led to micro-injuries in the skin with the a device called a dermaroller or a dermapen. 

These micro-injuries stimulate the production of collagen and elastin as two essential proteins for the healthy and youthful-looking skin. Promoted production of collagen helps to keep the skin firmer and more elastic, which improve the appearance of fine lines, winkles, acne/surgical scars, sun-spots, stretch marks, shagging skins, and even enlarged pores. Dr. Suozzi, a dermatologist, on the yale medicine acalimed that microneedling is beneficial for skin remodeling. 

When microneedling is administered in the acupuncture clinic, the good thing is tailored and individualized treatments depending on each one's underlying conditions associated with skin manifestations. For example, one microneedling treatment doesnt have to target the entire face at a time rather by considering to adjust its degree of procedure, frequency, or areal treatment depending on each patient's tolerance level, skin conditions, and underlying problems. That is, microneedling combined with the acupuncture treatment helps but to enhance overall well-being not to simply expect exteriorly improved texture and tone of the skin. Overall, microneedling combined with acupuncture is a holistic treatment for enhancing the health and appearance, wellness in & out.

In general, microneedling is a safe and effective procedure when it is done by a trained professional in use of sterilized equipment and post-care guidance. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there is always a risk of side effects, usually normal reactions in the healing process, such as redness and swelling, dryness and flakiness, brusing, infeciton, pigment changes, or allergic reactions. 

Therefore, it is important to work with a licensed acupuncturist with experiences in microneedling to ensure the treament done safely and effectively. Currently in New York State, only licensed acupuncturists and medical doctors can perform microneedling as it falls under the scope of acupuncture.  

Reference
Microneedling
https://www.yalemedicine.org/conditions/microneedling

How microneedling can improve acupuncture facial rejuvernation
https://acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=33167

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